Autosleepers Review

Rated 2.8 / 5 from 6 reviews

Editors Review

Last Updated: 8/7/19

Autosleepers Campervan Hire is a family-run company with depots in 6 cities. They have 2 to 6 berth campervans and motorhomes with real strength in the 4 berth category and an unusual little camper perfect for a couple that travels light or the solo road tripper.

About Autosleepers 

This small, family-operated campervan rental business operating out of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Cairns have been in business since 1997, offering both campervan and motorhome models for hire, ranging from 2 to 6 berths. What we like most about Autosleepers is their large selection of 4 berth campervans and motorhomes that can suit just about every style of travel. 

Fleet

Autosleepers have 6 models to choose from, but the point of emphasis for the company is their easy-to-drive campervans. These vehicles differ in style and base vehicle used― there's a small Suzuki camper, a high-top Ford eurocamper, a luxury Mercedes/VW motorhome and more. They claim to provide excellently stocked vehicles with cutlery, crockery, linen and other amenities depending on the model hired. But one thing's for sure, Autosleepers allows small, well-behaved dogs inside their vehicles! 

Vehicles

Mini Camper 2 Berth

This is an unusual little camper that is not likely featured in most companies. They are extremely small and basic. It's a ‘bare minimum’ model as a (thankfully air-conditioned) Suzuki with a 1.6-litre engine, which means it has excellent fuel economy at 8 litres per 100 km. This tiny campervan sleeps an absolute maximum of two people, but due to its size (the bed is only 190 by 150 centimetres, or 74 by 59 inches), it’s probably best suited for solo travellers—under 6’0” preferable! Although Autosleepers claims it has “innovative storage space”, realistically, you’ll have a hard time in this camper if you’re not travelling light. It features five-speed manual transmission and has a gas stove and icebox (you’ll need to keep an eye out if you’re taking spoilable food), plus a solar-heated portable shower and a CD player. However, there’s no inside light, which might prove pain and also doesn't have a 2nd "house" battery to use 12V items with. The bedding is included and that is what you will store under the bench seats, rather than your own bags. Of course, that depends on just how light you are travelling in the first place. 

Hightop Campervan 3 Berth

After the Mini Camper, Autosleepers get back into the regular campervan rental market with a Hi-Top model for up to 3 people that is fairly stock standard. Even with no bells or whistles on this model, they do provide basic yet essential campervan amenities such stove, fridge, bench seats, storage, and tables. So, for small families who wouldn't mind a compact yet reliable camper, then Hightop Campervan 3 Berth is a decent choice.

Hightop Campervan 4 Berth

The Toyota Hiace-based Hi-Top has seat belts for four and can sleep up to four people— this is the less common configuration for the model, with up to two fold-out double beds, one above the other (be warned that this leaves all sleepers with less headspace). It has five-speed manual/auto transmission; air conditioning and heating, as well as a solar-heated portable shower and inside lighting, make this an all-season model. Thankfully, it features a fridge, sink and gas stove, along with a microwave. It comes with bedding and linen included for 2 people only but also has anchor points for a baby seat if you need one. 

Adventurer 4 Berth Motorhome

The 4-berth motorhome, a Toyota Hilux, sleeps the same and is much more spacious than the Hi-Top — very much recommended if you can afford to treat yourself to more space. An automatic transmission is available, with air conditioning to boot. Anyone considering a longer trip with multiple people should take this model as the bare minimum because of its storage capacity; it’s unfortunate but true that any Hi-Top campervan can really only accommodate a week or so’s packing for more than two. It features a gas stove, large fridge, and a hot-water system, and the double beds are separated (one above the cab and one at the rear) to give sleepers a little more privacy. In the daytime configuration, it’s large enough with lounge and dining space for four. It also has baby and booster seat anchoring points, so for families, this is the first model to consider in ascending order of size. 

Euro Campervan 4 Berth

The latest addition to the 4-berth category, this Eurocamper is suitable for travellers in dire need of a smooth, economical ride all around Australia. This easy-to-drive hi-top is capable of travelling from Melbourne to Sydney, and halfway back again with just one single tank of diesel. Even if it comes with a manual gearbox, it is a comfortable camper ideal for long-distance driving. Hence, it may be tagged as the most economical campervan on the fleet. 

Fiat Cruiser 4 Berth Motorhome

The Fiat Cruiser model is again something different from Autosleepers. Has seatbelts for 5 people, but only 2 double beds so it is listed as a 4 berth and rightly so. If you want to have a 5th pitching a tent each night to share some bills, then let it rip! This is a little bit of luxury with almost all the bells and whistles – auto transmission, air con in the rear, house battery, hot water, microwave, full-size fridge, toilet, and shower. It really is a nice motorhome and well worth the look if you are in the luxury market.

Mercedes Deluxe 6 Berth Motorhome

They also offer a 6 berth if you are travelling large and that model is also quite advanced. The Mercedes Deluxe 6 Berth Motorhome is meant for families looking for some extra comforts while exploring the scenic OZ roads. This recent motorhome comes with a permanent rear and overhead double beds as well as a convertible dinette bed. 

Mercedes VW 6 Berth Motorhome

Another 6-person camper is this model built on a Mercedes VW unit. This motorhome has some nice features like large windows, full shower & toilet, and a well-equipped kitchen. You've got everything you need for your kitchen needs like microwave oven, gas stove, and fridge/ freezer. With its turbo engine and power steering, this unit is very smooth to drive, making it a nice home away from home. 

Insurance

The insurance liability depends on the type of vehicle rented. At no additional rate per day, the excess is at $3,300 for motorhomes while $2,750 for campervans. Limit the bond/ liability to $1, 650 (motorhome) and $1, 250 (campervan) by paying $22/day. If you want to have a stress-free road trip, then take the ultimate package at $33/ day and reduce the bond to $330 and plus some nice inclusions such as camping table and chairs, satellite navigation and baby or booster seats. Just like most companies, the windscreen, tyre, roof and under-carriage damage are not included in the insurance coverage. 

Reputation

Autosleepers may just be a small company that is not the cheapest player in town but expect for fully-booked vehicles, especially in peak seasons. Even if the company targets a particular campervan/ motorhome category, which is the 4-berth classification, it still suits almost all segments of the market. They give several options for 3-6 people but the Mini Camper is by far the most unusual in the lineup and may just well be their success story. Over the years, they have carved their own name but their reputation isn't that flawless, with few negative reviews. So, if you've decided to go for their unit, be sure to know everything and read the fine print carefully. 

Summary

Overall, Autosleepers has a nice range of campervans and motorhomes that cater to different sizes and budgets, with their 4 berths taking the spotlight. 

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Pros

  • Good range of campervans
  • Good depot locations
  • Pet-friendly

Cons

  • Not a huge company, expect to book out often
  • Won't be the cheapest player in town
  • Only targets the 4 berth campervan category

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C. B - avatar not loaded
, United States
1 Review

"If your ok with a hole in the wall 1 star motel it won’t bother yor"

  • Reviewed 1 month ago

From the get go.... the motor home ( Caravan ) was stained with dirt and who know what inside. We asked for another unit prior to stepping into it. With non available. once on the road we found multiple problems with the operating conditions including the battery charger unplugged, unable to turn lp gas on or off, glass plate were which broke when it flew from the overhead cabinet they stored them in..., because of not having a locking latch system. No reception on tv broken antenna!, dinning table was a piece of rough plywood. Interior trim peeling off and the customer service WOW! When I called on the second of eleven days all they could say was it is a school holiday and you did book a budget rental........

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H. Simonsen - avatar not loaded
, Denmark
1 Review

"Just don’t"

  • Reviewed 9 months ago

To start with we had to clean the car, because if wasn’t done. The finish was as excepted in an older car, and that is OK, but you would think that all the things that needs maintenance would be fixed . They were not. We had to get the car to the Company to get it fixed and they gave a cheap and lousy car as substitute and did not give a discount as their contract says. At least we got our car back the next day. They drove theough a tollroad which we have avoided and the charge the cost on my creditcard. After that I wrote several times, but they never replied. That is down right poor service. What a shitty company. We can’t recommend it at all.

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Robert - avatar not loaded
, Australia
1 Review

"Renters beware"

  • Reviewed 10 months ago

This company should be avoided, poor vehicle, poorly maintained, cabin has been patched up as the door frame was coming away, cracked windscreen, broken awning, apethetic agent in Adelaide and best of all I had to threaten legal action to recover a bond of $3,300 from my bank account.
Avoid this company

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Sirdad - avatar not loaded
, New Zealand
1 Review

"Almost 2 weeks on Capricorn Coast"

  • Reviewed 1 year ago

We hired the Fiat Ducati Cruiser, it may have been a luxury van in its day but sadly no more. The whole van shudders at 100kmh making the ride very uncomfortable, the furnishings are very worn and tired, the refrigerator dripped water the whole time and was rusted inside, many of the cupboards latches were broken, the side door kept jamming, the curtains are threadbare and do not block out the light, the aircon sounded like a concrete mixer, the TV/DVD did not work, there was no water tap connection and the hose was too short for most caravan parks, and lastly the internal locking system did not work so we were not secure when we slept. Other than that we enjoyed the locations we stayed at and the van got us from A to B.

4Service 4Mechanical 2Interior 3Value
I. Hawes - avatar not loaded
, Australia
1 Review

"Bond scam beware"

  • Reviewed

Good motorhome but beware they hold your bond for up to a month for no reason. There is no way to reduce the bond amount either.. I guess it's ok if you can afford $3300 to sit around for that long.. thay fail to tell you that at time of rental.. they say it will be returned in a couple of days.. that's BS don't believe it!

1Service 5Mechanical 4Interior 3Value
B. Weilenmann - avatar not loaded
, Switzerland
2 Review

"Upgrade"

  • Reviewed

We travelled Australia's east coast in May and June 2019, booked the Fiat Cruiser and got an upgrade to a 6 persons motorhome (for the 2 of us) :-) The motorhome was in immaculate conditions and very clean. The bond has been refund in a short time after we gave it back.
We were very happy with this huge camper van and will surely book again with Autosleeper when coming back to Australia :-)

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